For the examination on Monday evening, the students were supposed to comment on four judgements by the Supreme Court. But on Friday afternoon, the second-years received a push notification from Canvas that the titles of the judgements, including the names and a unique code, were on the platform. “You could then find out on Google which Supreme Court judgements you would be commenting on,” a student explains. As a result, students had all weekend to prepare their commentary.
During the days after the incident, the faculty did not communicate with the students. It was only forty minutes before the start of the examination that students heard that the examination had been cancelled. “On the one hand, it’s understandable,” says one student. “But on the other hand, it’s frustrating that it was cancelled not because of coronavirus, but because of a human error.”
According to the faculty, the error was only discovered during the course of Monday afternoon. Because of the published information, the lecturers could not check whether the exam had been taken fairly. Students were concerned that the cancellation would delay their studies, but the faculty emphasised that this would not be the case.
In its response, the education board at ESL said that the examination constituted 30 percent of the entire examination mark. The board members are checking whether it will be possible to do the entire examination on one day in June. On Tuesday afternoon, a meeting will take place with a representative of the students concerned to discuss the precise plans. Students will hear the result by tomorrow at the latest.